The January message

Are you as fed up as me by the number of weight-loss ads out there…it’s always the same, November and December we are encouraged to get out and party – eat, drink, spend etc.. Then along comes cold January, the festive time is over and here come the weight loss, slimming plans, gym  and of course loan and savings ads!

My advice to clients throughout the festive fun, was to enjoy those parties or social occasions – but to remember it’s one meal/event not the entire week, even if it is a weekly thing in the run up to Christmas! And secondly, that keeping up with as much of the fitness routine as possible will be better and more beneficial in the long term.

So I was interested to read this great feature, it struck a chord with me. Slimming Clubs can work, and, like the author, I have respect for anyone taking control of a change they want to make and achieving it in whatever way works for them. It just makes me sad that so many people wind up in a yo-yo situation with clubs/diet plans because they don’t look into the bigger issues like what the barriers are to succeeding (we all have them) and how they can implement simple and sustainable changes into a real and enjoyable life.

My advice would be that the expense of a few Personal Training sessions and possibly seeing a nutritionist or Dietitian could outweigh (no pun intended) the longterm cost of memberships to clubs or diet plans. The advice would be tailored to the individual, taking into account their actual life, goals and barriers.

As the saying goes, if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always had. Maybe 2017 could be different?